Going Solo: Owning the MMJ Life


Thursday, August 29, 2019    
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
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Do you live the do-it-yourself lifestyle? This interactive session is for you. Learn how to own the MMJ lifestyle – shooting, writing, editing – and how to do it in creative, innovative ways while still making deadline. Bring your smartphone. This is not your ordinary sit-back-and-listen session.

Panelists: Ted Land, Erica Proffer, Ryan Wood

TED LAND is a reporter and multimedia video journalist at KING 5 News in Seattle, where he has been shooting, writing and editing stories since 2014. He’s worked in South Bend, Indiana; Anchorage, Reno and Chicago, and has earned five regional Emmy Awards for his work. He often trains other journalists on how to elevate the quality of their stories under tight deadlines, get closer to the emotion and prove that working solo can sometimes give you an edge.

ERICA PROFFER  is an investigative reporter who has helped law enforcement spot human trafficking, exposed weaknesses on the international boundary line and has fought to get many people justice when it seems they have nowhere else to turn. She strives to have all investigations tell a story in which we can relate, bringing the voiceless out of the shadows and empowering the community. She turned three documentaries as an investigative journalist, covering the environment, social justice and international relations on the Texas/Mexico border. Her awards include a national Society of Professional Journalism Award for Public Service in Television Journalism, a state Headliners Foundation Award for Enterprise and Innovation, several Associated Press awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow and seven regional Emmy nominations. At KVUE in Austin, Texas, Proffer shoots, writes and edits her stories.

RYAN WOOD is an award-winning executive producer for TEGNA, a national media company that owns 49 local TV/digital properties across the country. What does that mean? Great question. If journalism ownership groups had air traffic control, Wood would be the lead controller. Every day he works with TEGNA stations to maximize content sharing, manages national breaking news/big event coverage, and coordinates TEGNA’s Pilots and Innovation initiative. Wood is fortunate to have been honored with four regional Emmy Awards, a national Gracie Award and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, among others. When he’s not on an airplane or in a newsroom, you can find Wood posting food pictures on Instagram, watching “Jeopardy!” or in the front row of the latest Broadway show.

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